Wisconsin Department of Transportation

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Heavy trucks and trailers license plates

Apportioned full trailer | Apportioned power unit | Apportioned semi-trailer | Farm trailer | Heavy farm truck | Heavy trailer | Heavy truck | Semi-trailer | Tractor | Transferable trailer | "ZA" trailer

Apportioned full trailer

Plate is valid, but no longer issued.

Apportioned full trailer license plate

Registration period 1 year
Plate expiration All 12 months
Fee Based on weight, mileage, and fees for operation in other
states. Plate is valid, but no longer issued.
Number of plates One
Plates remain with Registrant
Plate color Red on white
Statutory reference s.341.405
DMV inquiry APT
“TIME” system inquiry AL

Apportioned power unit

Apportioned power unit weight sticker.

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Apportioned power unit license plate

Registration period 1 year
Plate expiration All 12 months
Fee Based on weight, mileage, and fees for operation in other
states.
Number of plates One
Plates remain with Registrant
Plate color Red on white
Statutory reference s.341.405
DMV inquiry APO
“TIME” system inquiry AP

Apportioned semi-trailer

Fees are paid annually. Plate required only if unit is operated in California. Plate is valid, but no longer issued.

Apportioned semi-trailer license plate

Registration period Non-expiring
Plate expiration Indefinite
Fee Based on weight, mileage, and fees for operation in other states.
Number of plates One
Plates remain with Not transferable to a different vehicle. Plate must be returned to WisDOT when the vehicle is sold or the annual registration fee is not paid.
Plate color Black on yellow
Statutory reference s.341.405
DMV inquiry APT
“TIME” system inquiry AL

Farm trailer

Trailer must be used exclusively for farm purposes.

Newer farm trailer license plate style

Registration period 1 year
Plate expiration December 31
Fee Based on vehicle gross weight (see fee chart)
Number of plates One
Plates remain with Vehicle
Plate color Black on gray
Statutory reference s.340.01(17), s.341.26(3)(b)
DMV inquiry FTL
“TIME” system inquiry TL

Heavy farm truck

Farm truck in excess of 12,000 pounds. May not be used for any non-farm occupation or commuting to and from work. Farm truck registered at 38,000 pounds or more must be used exclusively for farm purposes. Use of farm truck less than 38,000 pounds must be primarily for farm purposes.

Newer heavy farm truck license plate style

Registration period 1 Year
Plate expiration Last day of February
Fee Based on vehicle gross weight (fee chart)
Number of plates Two
Plates remain with Vehicle
Plate color Black on gray
Statutory reference s.340.01(18), s.341.045, s.341.26(3)(a)2
DMV inquiry HFM
“TIME” system inquiry FM

Heavy trailer

Plate validated with a sticker showing month and year of expiration.

Newer insert trailer license plate style

Registration period 1 year, quarterly, or consecutive monthly
Plate expiration Based on registration period
Fee Based on vehicle gross weight (fee chart)
Number of plates One
Plates remain with Vehicle
Plate color Black on gray
Statutory reference s.340.01(71), s.341.25(1)(g), s.341.25(1)(ge),
s.341.26(1), s.341.26(4), s.341.25(2)
DMV inquiry TRL
“TIME” system inquiry TL

Heavy truck

Issued to trucks in excess of 8,000 pounds. Plates validated with a sticker showing month and year of expiration. Issued to a motor truck used as a motor home with a slide-in camper unit (dual-purpose vehicle).

Newer insert truck license plate style

Registration period 1 year, quarterly, or consecutive monthly
Plate expiration Based on registration period
Fee Based on vehicle gross weight
Number of plates Two
Plates remain with Vehicle
Plate color Black on gray
Statutory reference s.341.13(2), s.341.18, s.341.25(1)(c), s.341.25(1)(cm), s.341.25(2), s.341.26(1), s.341.26(4), s.341.25(2), s.341.30(1)(c)
DMV inquiry HTK
“TIME” system inquiry TK

Semi-trailer

Plate remains with the vehicle only when the lessee buys the vehicle from the lessor. Plate is not transferable to any other semi-trailer.

Semi-trailer license plate

Registration period Non-expiring
Fee $50
Number of plates One
Plates remain with See remarks above
Plate color Black on orange
Statutory reference s.341.264
DMV inquiry STL
“TIME” system inquiry TL

Tractor

Plate validated with a sticker showing month and year of expiration. Plate is also issued to road-tractor and farm truck-tractor.

Newer tractor license plate style

Registration period 1 year, quarterly, or consecutive monthly
Plate expiration Based on registration period
Fee Based on vehicle gross weight
Number of plates One
Plates remain with Vehicle
Plate color Black on gray
Statutory reference s.340.01(73), s.341.25(2), s.341.26(1), s.341.26(4)
DMV inquiry TOR
“TIME” system inquiry TR

Transferable trailer

Transferable Trailer is a trailer or temporary under carriage towed by a motor vehicle and used solely for transporting modular housing units or other portable buildings to be used for human occupancy and the return of the empty trailers/temporary undercarriage.

Transferable trailer license plate

Registration period 1 year, quarterly, or consecutive monthly
Plate expiration Based on registration period
Fee Based on vehicle gross weight (see fee chart)
Number of plates One
Plates remain with Seller
Plate color Black on yellow
Statutory reference s.341.25(1)(gm), s.341.30
DMV inquiry TRL
“TIME” system inquiry TL

"ZA" trailer

Optional annual registration: Trailer with a gross weight of 3,000 pounds or less and not used for hire or rental (s.341.06(1)(am)).

Optional 6-year registration: Trailer used for hire or rental with a gross weight of 4,500 pounds or less and part of a fleet of 100 or more trailers (s.341.308).

"ZA" trailer license plate

Registration period See remarks above
Plate expiration June 30
Fee $37.50 - annual (Use chart for proration)
Number of plates One
Plates remain with Vehicle
Plate color Black on white graphic
Statutory reference s.341.25(1)(gd), s.341.06(1)(am)
DMV inquiry LTL
“TIME” system inquiry TL

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Last modified: May 9, 2013

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